David Warner, Steven Smith, South Africa
David Warner with Steven Smith. (Credits - Getty)

Australia’s explosive opener, David Warner was ‘frightened to death’ during the Ashes 2019 campaign when Steven Smith was hit on the head with a deadly bouncer from Jofra Archer.

In the new digital web series, ‘The Test’, Warner is seen terrified by the incident as Smith lay flat on the ground without moving after being hit. The Test portrays Australia’s transformation over a couple of years after the ball-tampering scandal took place.

Steven Smith, David Warner Play Crucial Role For Australia:

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Australia (Image Credit: Twitter)

The infamous ball-tampering scandal in South Africa in the year 2018 witnessed one of the most catastrophic tragedies in Australian cricket history.

After being found guilty, Smith, David Warner, and Cameron Bancroft were banned from playing all forms of cricket for one year.

David Warner Terrified To See Steven Smith Hit On The Head

“When I saw him go down, we were all just like not again, not. Please it cannot happen,” Warner said.

Australian cricketers Peter Siddle and Usman Khwaja also shared what it was like to see Smith laying on the ground after being hit.

“I think we were all in shock. I think the worst was when he was laying there. That was probably the scariest moment for us all,” Siddle said. “We never thought it would happen. Never thought you could get hit on the head and die from it. And that never crossed my mind, growing up, playing cricket, until it actually happened to Hughesy,” Khwaja added.

Steven Smith, David Warner
Steven Smith and David Warner. Getty Images.

Philip Hughes Died After Being Hit By The Ball On The Head

David Warner, Michael Clarke, Philip Hughes
Phillip Hughes. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

During the afternoon session of the Sheffield Shield match between South Australia and New South Wales at the Sydney Cricket Ground on 25 November 2014, Hughes, batting at 63 not out, was struck in the neck by the ball after missing an attempted hook shot to a bouncer from New South Wales bowler Sean Abbott.

Hughes was wearing a helmet, but the ball struck an unprotected area just below his left ear. He collapsed before receiving mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and was subsequently taken to St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney, where he underwent surgery and was placed into an induced coma.

Phillip Hughes
Phillip Hughes (Credits: Twitter)

On the morning of 27 November 2014, Hughes succumbed to his injuries, three days before his 26th birthday. This shocked the entire cricket world as no one could believe that Hughes passed away after being hit by a cricket ball.

It will forever be a dark memory in the eyes of Australian cricket and whenever similar incidents will take place, it will send shock waves to the entire cricketing world.

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